Category: What-If

What If Fleet Air Arm A3D

Whereas the US Navy was able to have a strategic role in the 1950s thanks to the large war-built Midway class carriers and the new supercarriers of the Forrestal class, the Royal Navy had...

Convair jet seaplane color profile

XB-46 seaplane counterpart

A (very) late wartime Convair concept for a jet powered seaplane, in this case strongly influenced by the company’s elegant XB-46 bomber prototype that was also under development at the time. Aside from the...

Lockheed L-206-3 illustration

“What If” Lockheed L-206-3

There was an interest in “pack planes” in the late 1940s and early 1950s – transport aircraft with minimalist fuselages that could be affixed to detachable cargo pods. Fairchild had of course investigated the...

Lockheed L-131 side view

“What If” Lockheed L-131 fighter

As the US entry into WWII neared, Lockheed was sketching out a heavy fighter design that would leverage the company’s experience with the P-38 Lighting, Model 522/YP-49 development, and the then-unbuilt XP-58 Chain Lightning....

F-108 Rapier

Often depicted as a potential escort for the XB-70 Valkyrie, the F-108 was more intended as a long range interceptor for defending US airspace against projected Soviet supersonic bombers. The Rapier did show a...